Above: Lot 593 Headwater x Ellepin Gal colt
Leneva Park’s bloodstock manager Mick Sharkie describes their eight yearlings on offer at Melbourne Premier Sale as a bit of a changing of the guard.
There have been plenty of changes at the Longwood farm with the expansion of its operations to Seymour Park where promising young stallions Lean Mean Machine and Royal Meeting will stand, along with the still racing Fierce Impact.
Leneva Park will continue to operate its pre-training business at its 240 acre base at the Longwood farm, while broodmare, yearling and stallion services will be available from the 500-acre Seymour Park which is now known as Leneva Park Seymour.
Sharkie is looking forward to offering the last of Leneva Park’s yearlings in the current format.
“It’s a bit of a changing of the guard draft for us,” Sharkie said.
“It’s kind of the last outside draft for lack of a better term that we will have and then the progeny we are breeding on the farm will come through next year.”
But Sharkie is more than happy with what Leneva has to offer and is full of praise for their first yearling that will go und the hammer – Lot 88 – which describes as a really nice colt by Rubick.
“He is a really athletic horse, with good power behind and good bone and I like him a lot,” Sharkie said.
“He is a sweet moving thing and has a grouse temperament on him as well and that’s something that was really standout after a few days of preparations. He is just a worker and he loves it.”
Sharkie said the colt was from the good Singles Bar family with Not A Single Doubt, Master Ash, Come Hither and King’s Legacy.
“It’s a proper two-year-old family and he definitely looks like the sort of horse you’d expect to be racing at two,” he said.
Sharkie describes lot 593, a Headwater colt out of Ellepin Girl (Pins x Elle Taine) as the quiet achiever of Leneva Park’s draft.
He arrived needing a bit of love but has gone ahead in leaps and bounds, particularly during the past fortnight when Sharkie said the colt had certainly launched.
“He is growing and is a nice neat sort of sprinting horse but is going to grow and probably hit that 16 hands mark,” Sharkie said.
“I really think this is the sort of horse that traders will really gravitate to. He is a nice horse and there is some decent strength on the page too.
“From a family that goes and runs and wins, he looks like he is true to type as far as far as what the family has produced.”
Lot 684 is a Star Turn colt out of Pura Vida (Dane Shadow x Queen’s Own), a half-sister to the top class mare Lady Lynette (Ladoni) who won eight stakes races.
Sharkie said the colt had been prepped for a client, like Lot 593.
“The clients are hopeful that someone will have a look at him and say there is nice, strong two-year-old type,” he said.
And a chestnut filly by Russian Revolution, out of Shakeira (USA), will go through at Lot 701. Sharkie said she was typical of the sire’s progeny he’d seen this year.
“She is not a big, massive filly but is real running type and again looks like a two-year-old type,” he said.
“She has got a good hindquarter on her and a really good attitude as well.
A colt – Loca – out of American mare Shakeira (Freud x Cerita) by Zoustar has been trialling well in Sydney ahead of the autumn races and Sharkie is hoping it will lead to a pedigree upgrade.
Local stallion Magnus has been getting plenty of winners lately. including the Group 1 Streets Of Avalon and Sharkie said lot 707, a filly by Magnus out of Shirl Pegasus, is typical of her sire.
He said Shirl Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus x Night Rule) was a solid race mare that won two races and performed well at stakes level, and had met Magnus in the breeding several times.
“That mating seems to produce good standard winners and this filly is just a neat, straight forward sort of filly and very typical of Magnus,” Sharkie said.
“You can see her going out and running and being a really good VOBIS filly for whoever buys her.”
Leneva Park’s Lot 760 is a Star Turn filly out of Aunty Mo.
She is another one described by Sharkie as big and powerful.
The filly is closely related to Leneva Park’s Headwater colt out of Ellepin Gal (NZ) which is the dam of Aunty Mo.
“She might need a little bit of time being a bigger sort of horse,” Sharkie said.
“But physically she has got a massive behind on her and there is certainly a lot of power there.”
The final lot offered by Leneva – lot 782 – is a striking black colt by Cable Bay (IRE) out of Catch a Thief (NZ).
Besides his colour, Sharkie said the colt standouts because of his athleticism and good natural muscle and moves really well.
“He is just a nice horse and as far as a Book 2 horses goes, he is going to have a lot of fans, I’d say,” Sharkie said.
Asked if he was forced to pick out one yearling, Sharkie said: “I reckon the Rubick is going to be really popular and also the Headwater – lot 593 – is the real dark horse in our draft. I reckon he’ll sell really well.”
Lot no 373, a colt by American Pharoah (USA), out Straveen (NZ) has been withdrawn.
Sharkie said they had a lot of good horses coming through for next year’s yearling sales by stallions including American Pharoah, Brazen Beau, Russian Revolution, and Akeed Mofeed.
“We were active last year at the mare sales and we will probably be active again at that sale and the weanling sales this year,” he said,
“I expect we’ll have some of the Seymour Bloodstock yearlings to prepare as well in 2022 but we’ll wait and see,” he said.
“So we’ll be bolstered by their numbers as well and their strength. 2022 could hopefully give us a really good yearling draft.”
But Sharkie said they’ve always stated they’d rather produce quality rather than quantity.
“If we stick to our guns on that front, I’d like to be taking 10 to 15 to each sale, knowing that they are all good quality horses that are going to find good judges and find good homes. I think that’s the goal rather than just bulk numbers.”
With three stallions already committed to the Leneva Park, Sharkie said he’d like to add another one or two for 2020/21.
“I think four is a great number for this year, but that might grow for next year,” he said.
“I had a look at Royal Meeting and Lean Mean Machine on Tuesday, we didn’t have people on the farm to see those horses last year.
“Once we get open days going again and get people back on the property to see those horses, they are going to be blown away by the physical development of those two.
“To see Lean Mean Machine’s foals, they are so much like dad and that’s such a positive because he is such an athletic strong imposing horse. Once they start filtering through the weanling sales, people are going to be pretty happy with what they see.”
Multiple Group 1 winning Fierce Impact (Deep Impact x Keiai Gebera) will also join the stallion roster once he retires from racing at the end of autumn.
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